Revive support for heating plan, with your call!

You might have heard about VPIRG’s plan to weatherize one in four Vermont homes, save Vermonters hundreds of millions of dollars and prevent millions of tons of global warming pollution from being pumped into our atmosphere, all the while creating jobs and growing Vermont’s economy. That plan is on the…

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Your Town Meeting Day Health Care Toolkit

 VPIRG’s been working with the Department of Vermont Care Access, who’s offering tailor-made town meeting day information kits are available at the Vermont Health Connect website.  Click here to help spread the word about upcoming changes and get the information you need to start comparing health plans! The Health Benefit Exchange, required…

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Big News! GMO Labeling Bill Passes House Ag Committee

On March 1st, after weeks of testimony, the House Agriculture Committee passed H.112 (this year’s GMO labeling bill) with a vote of 8-3. While this is the first of many hurdles the bill has to clear in the legislative process, it is a very positive sign for all of us who…

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VPIRG Gets Entergy VP To Tell the Truth, For Once

Last week, an Entergy VP tried to convince the Public Service Board that Vermont Yankee’s troubling history of leaks and lies shouldn’t matter as the PSB deliberates whether to issue a Certificate of Public Good or “CPG,” which Entergy Louisiana needs to keep VY sputtering along). VPIRG and hundreds of our members…

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Fixing the Filibuster, One Step at a Time

“There is now an infrastructure of outside groups and activists that has shown the ability to mobilize at least some public concern about an extremely arcane problem, dramatizing the need for better governance and the dangerous consequences of having a Senate that has functionally ceased to be a democratic body.”…

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VT’s “Green Cleaning” Law Highlighted in National Report

Vermont’s “green cleaning” legislation—which VPIRG helped to pass last year—earned national attention in a new report released today, entitled: “Towards Healthy Schools 2015: Progress on America’s Environmental Health Crisis for Children.”  This report shows Vermont is now on the forefront of keeping our kids’ learning environments safe from toxic chemicals. You…

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Environmental Health Advocate testifies in House Committee

In her testimony today, VPIRG’s Lauren Hierl explained to the House Committee on Health and Human Services how the chemical industry has been quietly adding an ineffective and cancer-causing flame retardant to couches, cribs and other baby products–like the ones she purchases for her son, Elias. Three years ago, when…

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VPIRG’s Leah Marsters reflects on her tour of Sheffield

Vermonters’ overwhelming support for clean energy, and wind in particular, is threatening to a handful of opposition groups bent on dismantling our state’s commitment to take responsibility for generating our own energy.  With the media choosing largely to focus on covering the fear and controversy wind opponents have successfully drummed…

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VPIRG Releases 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard

  The Vermont Public Interest Research Group released its 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard on public interest issues today. As the state’s largest consumer and environmental advocacy organization, VPIRG is involved in a broad range of policy debates in Montpelier, from health care reform to banning fracking. The 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard tracks votes on clean…

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Senate Committee gives Thumbs Up to a Bigger, Better Bottle Bill

Bigger Better Bottle Bill

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy passed an amendment to expand the Bottle Bill as part of the broader solid waste and mandatory recycling bill (H. 485) on Friday morning. Offered by Senator Joe Benning (R- Caledonia), the amendment adds beverages such as water bottles, juices, and sports…

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